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July 15th, 2008
Birth of a Surgeon
Data: Global Maternal Mortality
The top ten countries with the best maternal mortality ratio*
Ireland – 1ireland
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Bosnia/Herzegovina – 3bosnia
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Denmark – 3afghanistan
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Greece – 3chad
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Italy – 3somalia
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Sweden – 3angola
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Australia – 4rwanda
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Austria – 4liberia
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Czech Republic – 4czech republic
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Germany – 4germany

United States – 8usa

The top ten countries with the worst maternal mortality ratio*
Sierra Leone – 2100sierra leone
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Niger – 1800niger
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Afghanistan – 1800afghanistan
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Chad – 1500chad
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Somalia – 1400somalia
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Angola – 1400angola
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Rwanda -1300rwanda
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Liberia – 1200liberia
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Nigeria – 1100nigeria
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Malawi – 1100malawi
*Maternal mortality ratio is the annual number of deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births in 2005.
Source: UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children 2008

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